75 years of excellence in space science

LASP's 75th Anniversary

A decade before NASA was founded, LASP was established as the Upper Air Laboratory (UAL) in 1948. The UAL was organized at CU Boulder to develop pointing controls for captured World War II rockets to be used for scientific research.

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April 22, 2024

9 ways LASP is a leader in Earth and climate science

During the brief duration of the eclipse, the Citizen CATE teams will use telescopes to take polarization observations of the sun, like those shown in this image of the 2023 Australian total solar eclipse. Polarization observations allow scientists to better understand the solar corona. When compiled, the teams’ observations of the corona will result in a roughly 60-minute video. Credit: Citizen CATE

April 5, 2024

LASP participates in Citizen CATE 2024 to observe sun’s corona during eclipse

An artist's rendition of the Europa Clipper spacecraft flying above the icy moon Europa, with Jupiter visible in the background. Credit: NASA JPL

April 2, 2024

NASA’s Juno mission reveals less oxygen on Europa

A team of researchers from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, including Xu Wang (second from left), and the Colorado School of Mines was named a winner in the 2023 NASA Entrepreneurs Challenge funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Pictured from left to right: Florence Tan, Chair of the NASA Small Spacecraft Coordination Group (SSCG) and Deputy Chief Technologist for NASA SMD; Dr. Xu Wang, Co-founder of Space Dust Research & Technologies and Research Scientist at LASP; Kenneth Liang, Co-founder of Orbital Mining Corp. and graduate student at Mines; Dr. Carolyn Mercer, Chief Technologist for NASA SMD. Credit: NASA

April 1, 2024

Front Range team wins NASA Entrepreneurs Challenge with innovative idea for lunar “service station”

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At LASP, we are committed to creating an environment that is respectful and inclusive. We believe this is fundamental to enabling peak creativity, innovation, and curiosity. Our unique individual experiences and points of view drive discovery. We strive to advance equity and inclusion and to educate the next generation of diverse leaders in space research.

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